Cast: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Athiya Shetty, Neha Sharma
Director: Anees Bazmee
This week’s release, Mubarakan gets back Arjun Kapoor in the double role area after Aurangzeb (2013). Anees Bazmee’s attempt to create magic on screen by casting this uncle-nephew duo sets the mood for this comedy flick. With Anil Kapoor’s dynamic presence and Arjun Kapoor’s charm, this romantic-comedy is made with an intent to be a full swing family entertainer just like Bazmee’s previous movies Welcome, Singh Is Kinng, No Problem, Thank You, Ready and Welcome Back. Although the movie has its bits of fun and laughter, there are also parts of the movie where Anil Kapoor is the sole one taking the movie forward.
This situational comedy is dependent on the comic timing and slapstick humour. But after a while, the movie reaches a point where Anil Kapoor draws laughs just by walking into the room. The movie is totally on the shoulders of this 60-year-old versatile actor, who single headedly dominates each frame and continues the comedy of errors. Without him, the movie would have been a dull affair as the two Arjuns (Karan and Charan), Ileana D’Cruz, Neha Sharma and Athiya Shetty fail to match the enthusiasm of Anil Kapoor.
Mubarakan is the sort of movie that has a predictable story line, with a foreign setting, a double role which leads to mixed identities and confusion, this movie is about childhood twins, Karan and Charan (both played by Arjun Kapoor) who are separated at a young age. As the two grow up, both are expected to marry the girl as per the choice of their guardians, but they are already in love with Sweety (Ileana D’Cruz) and Nafisa (Neha Sharma). Things get confusing when Charan gets engaged to another girl, Binkal (Athiya Shetty) in London. Because of his shy nature, he is unable to gather the courage to tell his parents about his love and that leads to an inter-family dispute. However, Kartar Singh (Anil Kapoor) is yet to arrive and add more spice and confusion to the already-messed up affair.
Mubarakan is designed as a family film where comedy is generated through quarrelling relatives which works initially but then goes out of control. So although an overall entertaining movie where one will be occasionally laughing but not such where you will be leaving the theatre with a big smile on your face.